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Storm system may bring minor flooding to Ouachita River

by Bradly Gill | March 23, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

A storm system will bring unstable weather with the possibility of floods ot Ouachita County near the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, "Showers and thunderstorms will become widespread Thursday and Friday as a cold front pushes through the area."

Given recent heavy rainfall, the NWS expects flooding to be a threat this weekend, since soil is already saturated with moisture.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast Friday, and the "southeastern half of the state currently sees the greatest risk for hail, damaging wind and a few tornadoes."

Thursday is expected to begin with clouds before gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. It will also be windy, with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour forecast. Thursday night, there's a 20% chance of rain.

Friday will bring showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a high near 76. The forecast calls for winds, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday night will see a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m. It will be partly cloudy, with a low around 52 and breezy, with a south southwest wind of 15 to 20 mph, some guests could be as high as 30 mph.

Additionally a flood warning is in effect until early Tuesday morning with minor flooding forecasted along the Ouachita River At Camden.

At 30.0 feet, State Highway 7 north of Camden floods, with detours nearby. Portions of Sandy Beach Park will flood. Some county roads north and east of Camden wil begin to flood.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday the stage was 30.7 feet.

The river is expected to fall below flood stage, 26 feet, late Sunday evening and continue falling to 25.8 feet Monday morning.

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